Review: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu



Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?


This was by far the darkest book I’ve ever read. I loved the young elites and I love how Marie Lu took these characters through an emotional journey that reached its apex at the end of The Rose Society.

Why can’t I be the one to strike first, to hit so early and with such fury that my enemies cower before they can even think of turning on me? What is so great about being good?

I loved being in Adelina’s head once again; her characters goes through one of the most turbulent and difficult development I’ve ever read. There’s nothing easy about this story.

“None of it was your fault,” the whispers in my head argue. “You didn’t kill him, after all – it was not your blade that ended his life. So why are you the one cast out? You didn’t have to return to the Daggers – you didn’t need to help them rescue Raffaele. And still they turned on you. Why does everyone forget your good intentions, Adelina?”

After loosing Enzo, and everyone else, Adelina is consumed by her need of power and revenge. And, I know it’s weird, but I loved seeing her being consumed. She’s broken and when it seems like that there’s a way out, suddenly everything changes again.

“Keep him close. His love is light, and it calls out the light in you.”

This is definitely one of my favorite trilogies. I can’t wait to read the next one.

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